Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Hammerhead weekend & Shoot out in Serenity

This weekend saw a trip down to Newark for the rescheduled Hammerhead show. I had roped in MartinC, JamesM and old mate Scotty for a evening away talking Wargames and drinking beer followed by gaming and/or topping up the lead mountain. Its was a great time - thanks guys.

All the games at Hammerhead are participation which is unusual for shows , but I think really helps to keep the full day alive , and you get people dipping in and out of games. We ran 4 games over the day - all of which were good fun. a number of comments said it played very cinematic , which it generally does is, so that was great. There were various visitors taking photographs and videos and I hope to see these as I look around blogs and you tube in due course. So here are some of the shots from the day

Just another busy day in town

The stockyard was full 

The Bounty Hunter turns up

He has soon found a "prisoner" worth more alive than dead..

Get 3 coffins ready Mr Undertaker

more beans Mr Taggert?
The Pinkertons are in town asking questions , looking for the same guy the Bounty Hunter has - what  could possibly go wrong?

the prisoners 3 brothers  dismount outside the bank 
The sheriff sensing trouble, draws his weapons! 
I had stacked the hit deck with double the usual amount of fatal hit cards , to make things move at pace , and it really worked , with mayhem all round. Great games all , the Bounty Hunter won all 4 , but only just!

The icing on the cake at the end of the day was a £25.00 voucher from the organisers from a prize draw too.

I had good chats over the day, and caught up with a few of the big guys as well . There were lots of other really good games around , but I only managed a few very brief whizzes around the main hall and its traders . The stash haul was good..

Small KR case with trays for yet more Wings of Glory WW2 planes 

15mm buildings and bits from Col Bills

decals for various WW2 projects 

the stuff we bought with our £25 voucher.. 

Overall a really great weekend . I am hoping to herd the cats again for us to run something at the Other Partizan show in August.  Painting time has pretty limited of late , but I hope to get my desk cleared over the next few weeks with a bit of luck . 


  1. Great to see Serenity on the table again!

    1. thanks Michael, indeed it was good to get the collection out once more

  2. What a pleasure it must be to play on such an atmospheric and beautiful table...awesome!

  3. Great looking table Dave - love the train and all the cattle.

  4. Serenity is always a treat to see in photos.

    What rules do you use for shootouts, and where did you get those cows?

    1. Cheers. The rules are a version of The Rukes With No Name, you can find a pdf on line if you look around.

      The cows are from a US toy company called ERTL , I got them in bags of 25 for about $10 each , look for Herefords and Longhorns

  5. Wonderful looking game Dave and as always, an entertaining read. Serenity is a sensational looking tabletop town mate and thanks for the tip on the cows. Perfect.

  6. Looks fantastic mate - well done indeed.

    People like you putting on eye candy games that get people involved is how our hobby grows. It doesnt just happen - thanks for all the hard work (and letting stranger play with your hard painted model!)

    1. Cheers , Ah yes... letting just anyone play with your toys , it’s hard to begin with . To be fair though I have never had an issue , and most people are careful

  7. Fantastic looking setup. Looks like a great game.

  8. Brilliant looking game Dave! It reminds me of our run-out with this a few years ago - great fun. :)

  9. Aah yes MrC , the travails of Budgie Ray and the Mountie were indeed mentioned over the course of the day

  10. Hi Dave came upon your site by chance, yours was an excellent game at Hammerhead, one of the standout tables. So much going on, and lots of inspiration for cowtown builders.
    It's the first time I've seen it in the flesh although come across pictures before but it's better in reality.


Work in hand


No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.

15mm Terrain bits
15mm WW2 Germans

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan.

15mm Napoleonics .